Carved In Stone

For November PAD Challenge: Image #20

Carved In Stone
Manipulated Photograph
Elizabeth Crawford

Some words, tapped lightly
on keyboard,
seem to dance into permanent
place on monitor screen.
Yet, can be deleted with a click,
just a flick of one finger.

Others might be penned
on paper, with bold strokes
in black ink, meant to last
for a lifetime. But paper,
lit by single match,
becomes mere ash in moments.

Still, there are those words
spoken only once,
in love or hate,
never called back,
left to stand,
that would seem
in human mind,
to be forever
carved in stone.

Elizabeth Crawford  11/20/12

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Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here:
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4 Responses to Carved In Stone

  1. anl4 says:

    Beautiful and so true! Love it!

    Thank you Annell, but it could use some editing. We both know how I feel about that,



  2. JulesPaige says:

    And while I remember the childhood chant: “Sticks and Stones will break you bones, but words will never harm you…” I think that perhaps words can. Luckily words can also offer love and support.

    I carved a place here:

    Jules, I was thinking of those words that stick around, like glue in memory and continue to harm long after they should have been let go of. And that childhood chant doesn’t make a dent in them,



  3. I like the progression of how words work whether typed, hand-written,or verbalized. Another great image.

    Thanks Jlynn, it didn’t really occur to me until I was dealing with the image and its title. I believe the thoughts have been there for a long time, just not verbalized.



  4. Sherry Marr says:

    Yes, so true. Words can be weapons and must be used carefully. Loved this, Elizabeth. Always so much life wisdom in your poems.

    Sherry, it’s wonderful to know I can always count on you for support and encouragement,



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